Monday, January 4, 2016

Starting the New Year With a Menu Plan Plus Resources

It's a brand new year and I'm working hard to start out with a plan and to follow that plan. A part of that plan is having a menu so I'm not constantly having to decide at the last minute what to fix for a meal. This week is going to be a bit crazy and some parts of it stressful so the menu plan is pretty simple.


Lunch - Mac and Cheese with Hotdogs, Green Beans, Fruit Pouches

Dinner - Sausage Gravy and Pancakes, Fried Potatoes, Fresh Fruit


Lunch - Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Sticks and Dip, Oranges

Dinner - Ham and Bean Soup, Apple Dessert, Bread


Lunch - Raman Noodles with  Ground Turkey, Green Beans, Canned Pears

Dinner -  Dinner at Church


Lunch - Pizza, Veggies and Dip, Fresh Fruit

 Dinner - Vegetable Pork Stew, Italian Herb Bread


Lunch - Tuna Tetrazzini, Peas, Mandarin Oranges

Dinner - Leftovers


Lunch -  Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt

Dinner - Beans and Rice, Salad

Menu Planning Resources


Mastering Meal Planning at The Nourishing Home

9 Tips to Successful Menu-Planning at Simple Bites



15 Free Printable Menu Planners for Busy Home Managers at The Mom Writes

Meal Planning Printable for Your Planner at Renee Weatherford

More Menu Planning Resources From Amazon

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Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year, New Beginnings

I know I've been very quiet here the last few weeks but hopefully I'll be here regularly again. I've been processing a lot of things during this holiday season and I think I'm ready to take on the new year.

Christmas was different for us but we still had a good one.  Thanks to the generosity of our church family and friends in the community the kids had a wonderful Christmas.

After opening gifts Christmas morning we went to my sister's house and spent the rest of the day there. It was a good day of just being together and enjoying family time.

The day after Christmas we met up with friends at the mall and hung out there for awhile before coming back to our house and spending more time just talking while the kids played. 

New year's eve we were at my sister's again. Michael had a hard time staying awake to see the new year in but he did make it. 

Now I'm looking ahead at what the new year is bringing in. It looks like there will be some changes this year and I have mixed feelings about some of them. But I'm choosing to remember that God is in control and He has a plan for us that is better than any plan I could dream up on my own.

One big change for us is moving to a smaller place. I love the place where we are now, but financially this move just makes sense. And I'm more OK with it than I thought I would be. We will still be on an acre of land for which I'm grateful. I didn't want to give up my chickens or my dreams of having goats and pigs and rabbits and the kids didn't want to give up any of their pets. There will be room there for all that. A smaller place will mean less time spent in upkeep and more time for the things that are important to us.

Another possible change is a new part time job for me.  I go for an interview Tuesday and I am so excited! I would be doing the kind of work I love, working with kids, and so far it seems a like the perfect fit. 

Along with these big changes come the usual changes for us at the beginning of the year. There are tweaks in our schedule, new school materials for when we start school again on Monday and just simply starting fresh after the holiday excitement. 

So, from our family to each of you -

Happy New Year.

I hope it is filled with love, joy and peace.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Oh God, Can't You Cut Me a Break?

"Oh God, can't you cut me a break?" I asked one day.  "Why does it have to be this hard!?"

It had been a rough month, and before that a rough year, and before that . . . well it just felt like it had been a hard knock life.  And I was tired of struggling. 

But even as the questions entered my mind I could hear the answer. 

"I have cut you a break.  I did the hardest part for you.  Your salvation is secure in Jesus and you are never left to walk alone."

And with that gracious reminder I was once again strengthened and encouraged.  Life isn't going to be easy.  We live in a broken world.  There will be pain and trouble and days that are breathtakingly hard.  But it's OK. We were never promised an easy road but we were promised peace, strength and His unfailing love, even in the hardest of times.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: December 21-26, 2015

We were blessed with a box and two bags of apples last week so we're using them in a variety of recipes as well as eating them fresh. Amanda is taking over more of the cooking leaving me more time to work on other things which is a wonderful blessing to our family. 


Lunch - Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Veggies and Dip

Dinner -  Pork Spare Ribs, Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese, Sweet Potatoes, Salad


Lunch - Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Fried Potatoes, Fresh Fruit

Dinner - Baked Chicken, Noodles, Honey Roasted Carrots, Stewed Apples


Lunch - Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit

Dinner - Vegetable Chicken Soup, Potato Wedges, Bread


Lunch - Ramen Noodles with Turkey, Green Beans, Fresh Fruit

 Dinner - Twice Baked Potatoes, Broccoli and Cheese, Apple Muffins


Christmas Day - We'll be at my sister's for Christmas and I'm not sure yet what the menu plans are.


Lunch - Cheesy Grits Casserole, Sausages, Fried Potatoes, Mandarin Oranges

Dinner - Turkey and Rice Casserole, Corn, Pineapple

Menu Planning Resources


13 Reasons to Menu Plan at I'm an Organizing Junkie



Ten Fabulous Free Meal Planning Printables
at The Mad House

Monthly Menu Plan Printable at Picklebums

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Walnut Acre Weekly - Our New Friend Kojo and More


"Glory to God in the highest heaven,
And on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests."
Luke 2:14


He who has not Christmas in his heart will not find it under a tree.
Roy L. Smith


Call me crazy, but we have a  new addition to our managerie. Michael has been asking and asking for a dog. I really thought it would be good for him to have one but I just wasn't sure if I could handle the expense of another animal. Then a friend of mine found out she had to move and couldn't take her dog with her to her new apartment. So she said if we could take the dog she would help with the expenses. So yesterday Kojo came to be Michael's dog. It's his job to give him food and water, take him out for walks and clean up after him if he makes a mess. Today was their first full day together and they had so much fun. 

And now, as I write this Michael and Kojo are both sound asleep, with their beds right beside each other, worn out from a full day of fun. 

In other animal news, Amanda has decided that she eventually wants to get a gecko. But she doesn't want to have too constantly be buying mealworms for it. Instead she wants to set up her own mealworm farm and raise them herself. So she took this old set of drawers, cleaned it up good, and set it up for raising mealworms. This process involved saws, screen, a hot glue gun, painters tape, and a burned thumb. But it's all ready now for a happy family of mealworms. 



Austin and Amanda

Scripture reading - Luke 1.



This week has been full of appointments. I had an appointment Michael had an appointment, and Amanda had two appointments. So Monday through Thursday there was one appointment each day. 

Besides appointments there were our normal activities. Somehow I did not get any pictures of our activities this week. Sunday we went to church and then to my sister's. Sunday afternoon Austin and Amanda went to the youth Christmas activity. 

Wednesday evening Michael and I went to church for dinner. Instead of prayer meeting and classes after dinner we went Christmas caroling. Austin and Amanda did not go. Neither of them enjoy singing. I told them they could still enjoy being with their friends but they decided to just stay home. Michael and I had a good time though. After caroling we met back at the church for cookies and hot chocolate.

Thursday evening Michael and I went to my sister's for the evening. Actually, Michael had been there all day. I took him over Thursday morning so I could do a few things. Austin stayed home because he had a friend here and Amanda just didn't feel like going anywhere. 

Saturday Austin spent the afternoon and evening with a friend but the rest of us were home all day. 


We had very warm weather this week so we took advantage of it and tried to get outside every day.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Truth - Five Minute Friday

And now comes the time when writers from all corners gather to write, without too much editing or planning for five minutes on a given word. 

This week we were given the option of choosing our own word and I chose the word Truth.

Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth and the life." John 14:6.

He also said "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Truth is such a beautiful thing.  Jesus Himself is truth and wherever there is truth there is light and freedom. This is the season when we celebrate truth - born as baby, ultimately bringing life. 

Thank you God for truth.

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